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Interested in building your knowledge and skills in program evaluation? Check out the Canadian Institutues of Health Research's online module!
This online module has been developed to support practitioners, managers and researchers in the evaluation of health and health research initiatives (including knowledge translation). A key aim of this module is to develop capacity to conduct evaluation to support evidence-informed action.
The module has five sections:
Section 1: Evaluation: A Brief Overview
Section 2: Getting Started (preliminary work)
Section 3: Designing an Evaluation (developing an evaluation plan)
Section 4: Special Issues in Evaluation (ethical, conceptual and logistical issues)
Section 5: Resources (glossary, checklist and evaluation templates)
A number of resources are available in this online module, including:
Evaluation Checklist: questions to consider when developing and assessing an evaluation plan
Evaluation Planning Matrix (Appendix A)
Sample Evaluation Planning Matrix (Appendix B): a completed matrix for reference
The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness training program presents several upcoming webinars.
Quantitative Research Designs 101:
Addressing Practice-Based Issues in Public Health
As public health professionals, you face many different kinds of practice-based questions about how best to promote health, prevent illness, or treat health problems in your communities. You need the best information to help you decide what to do. Knowing about research designs can help you search for the right type of evidence to answer a question from your own practice, and to assess the quality of the research evidence you find.
Who is this module for?
Quantitative Research Designs 101 is a free, interactive and self-paced module designed for public health practitioners, program managers/directors and staff responsible for the planning and delivery of public health programs and services.
What will you learn?
Quantitative Research Designs 101 walks you through the quantitative research designs commonly used to address practice-based questions, and discusses the strengths and limitations of each design.
Learn how to distinguish between effectiveness (e.g., does a treatment or prevention intervention work?) and causation (e.g., what is the relationship between a risk factor and a health outcome?) questions
Learn the most common research designs to answer practice-based questions
Learn which study designs are most appropriate for your question
Get the knowledge you need to answer your practice-based questions.
Skills Enhancement For Public Health (Skills Online)
CHNC has an established partnership with the Skills Online Program. This is a national program which reaches community health professionals across Canada and provides state-of-the-art educational tools. The mission of the program is "To provide public health professionals with epidemiological and related skills to conduct evidence-based decision-making and planning at the local level." A variety of activities are offered through the program. CHNC and its members have benefited in numerous ways from this partnership, including early opportunities to access the program, reviewing the modules and providing expert feedback, and becoming program facilitators.
What is Skills Online?
Internet-based continuing education program
A series of modules offered in both English and French
Target audience: Public health professionals
Increase knowledge, skills and abilities to support public health core competencies
Lead by Public Health Agency of Canada
Modules currently available:
Introduction to online learning
Basic Epidemiological Concepts
Measurement of Health Status
Descriptive Epidemiologic Methods
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Outbreak investigation and management
Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
Applied Epidemiology: Injuries
For further information click here (external link)
Core Competencies for Public Health
Core competencies are a set of essential skills and abilities necessary for the broad practice of public health:
Basic building blocks to develop the public health workforce
Transcend discipline specific boundaries of individual disciplines
Independent of program/topic
Potential to further depth and role of public health
The Canadian Public Health Core Competencies are grouped under 7 domains:
Core public health sciences
Assessment and analysis
Policy development and program planning
Partnership , collaboration and advocacy
More detailed explanations, elearning modules, and an interactive section to help integrate core compenticies in their practice available at http://www.corecompetencies.ca.